I was once told that joy is the province of the privileged because anyone who has to bust a hump on a job every day has no time for something as frivolous as joy.
Pffft. I humbly disagree.
Joy is for all. Everybody. Anybody.
Because joy is the ultimate antidote for stress, unhappiness, uncertainty, anxious striving and/or the grumps.
And it helps to have a little list you can consult if ever you get so grumpy that you can’t remember what makes you happy.
My Joy List:
Sunlight filtered through leaves.
Deep conversations with people you’ve never met and will never see again.
How light bends to illuminate unseen corners.
Dancing in the kitchen.
Growing a plant from a seed.
One-hit wonders to which I know all the lyrics.
Fitting into those shorts from four summers ago.
The smell of honeysuckle.
Witnessing someone who is passionate about what they’re doing.
Giving a dog a belly rub.
The smell of cut grass.
Fresh food, well-prepared.
A well hit 3-wood.
Laughing until I snort.
Learning something about anything.
The moment of discovery in the eyes of another.
See, joy is unexpected.
And, joy is also planned. So make your own list, and refer to it often.
Because you need joy. In fact, it’s absolutely vital to your well-being.
And the more you do it, the better you feel.
So, tell me – what’s on your Joy List?